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An aspiring director and the marginally talented amateur cast of a hokey small-town Missouri musical production go overboard when they learn that someone from Broadway will be in attendance.


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Gwen Fabin-Blunt - Councilwoman
Steve Stark - Councilman
Tucker Livingston - Councilman
Glenn Welsch - Mayor
Phil Burgess - Blaine Historian
Corky St. Clair
Ron Albertson
Sheila Albertson
Libby Mae Brown
UFO Expert
Dr. Allan Pearl
James McQueen ...
Singing Auditioner (as Jim McQueen)
Turk Pipkin ...
Ping Pong Ball Juggler
Raging Bull Auditioner
Lloyd Miller
UFO Abductee
Mrs. Allan Pearl
Clifford Wooley
Johnny Savage
Red Savage
Costume Dresser
Jill Parker-Jones ...
Stage Manager
Costume Designer
Roy Loomis
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Theater Attendant (uncredited)
Daniel Fahey ...
Dental Patient (uncredited)
Shane Felux ...
DQ Worker / Crowd (uncredited)
Jean Fuller ...
Piano Accompanist (uncredited)
Joseph T. Garrity ...
TV Commercial Director (uncredited)
Beautiful Dreamer Auditioner (uncredited)
Caped Man at Auditions (uncredited)
Red White & Blaine Trumpeter (uncredited)

Directed by

Christopher Guest

Written by

Christopher Guest ... (written by) &
Eugene Levy ... (written by)

Produced by

Karen Murphy ... producer
Ginger Sledge ... associate producer

Music by

Christopher Guest
Michael McKean
Harry Shearer

Cinematography by

Roberto Schaefer ... director of photography

Film Editing by

Andy Blumenthal

Editorial Department

Shannon Carey ... conformer: 16 MM
Spiro Carras ... post-production coordinator
Richard Conkling ... conformer: 16 MM
Paul Covington ... assistant editor
Elliott Gamson ... negative matcher: Immaculate Matching
Patricia Hollander ... assistant editor
Michael Kolvek ... color timer
Pamela March ... conformer: 16 MM
Lucy Maunsell ... assistant editor
Karen Rasch ... assistant editor
Lisa Rosen ... post-production coordinator
Michael Yetter ... negative cutter (uncredited)

Production Design by

Joseph T. Garrity

Art Direction by

John Frick

Set Decoration by

Jenny C. Patrick

Costume Design by

Julie Carnahan

Makeup Department

Catherine Conrad ... hair assistant / makeup assistant
Kelly Nelson ... hair stylist
Kate Shorter ... makeup artist

Production Management

Adrienne Gruben ... post-production supervisor
Sharon Smith Holley ... post-production supervisor
Helen Pollak ... unit production manager

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director

Phil Hardage ... second assistant director (as Philip Hardage)
Liz Ryan ... first assistant director
Courtney Wulfe ... additional second assistant director

Art Department

Dave Arkle ... caricaturist
Kevin Berve ... swing gang
Christina Blackledge ... lead scenic
Rebecca Block ... art department intern
John V. Burson ... lead carpenter (as John Burson)
Craig Byrom ... carpenter
Jesus Carrera ... swing gang (as Jesus 'Chuy' Carrera)
Raul V. Carrera ... swing gang (as Raul Carrera)
Mary Catherine Coates ... art department coordinator
Vicki Dempsey ... swing gang (as Vicki B. Dempsey)
Sandy Flowers ... swing gang
Bryant Jackson ... assistant property master (as James Bryant Jackson Jr.)
Michael Kocurek ... leadman
Joanne Levin ... prop intern
Joe McCusker ... construction foreman
Sean McKinley ... art department intern
Darren Patnode ... swing gang (as C. Darren Patnode)
Mari Phillips ... buyer / set dresser
Kym Pykosz ... scenic artist
Michael Riviere ... carpenter
Jim Simard ... construction coordinator (as James Simard)
Byron Scott Thomas ... property master (as Byron Thomas)
Martha Waters ... art department production assistant
Glenn Welsch ... art department intern
Dan Wilson ... prop intern (as Dan V. Wilson)
Kevin Kelly ... art department (uncredited)

Sound Department

Dana Austin ... adr recordist (as Dana Porter)
Dave Bergstrom ... sound engineer
Neil Brody ... re-recording mixer
Terry Burke ... foley artist
Eric Cheung ... sound production assistant
Misty Conn ... boom operator
Yann Delpuech ... sound effects editor
Robert Deschaine ... adr mixer (as Bob Deschaine)
James A. Gore ... foley assistant
Robert Grieve ... supervising sound editor
Jordan Jannone ... sound production assistant
Dennis Johnson ... sound recordist
Darren King ... dialogue editor
Jennifer Murphy ... location sound mixer
Rob Nokes ... post sound technical
Michael O'Farrell ... adr editor
Gary D. Rogers ... re-recording mixer
Scott Streetman ... cable puller / sound assistant
Meg Taylor ... assistant sound editor
Tony van den Akker ... foley recordist (as Tony Van Den Akker)

Visual Effects by

Elliott Gamson ... optical programer

Camera and Electrical Department

David Berryman ... second assistant camera
Dennis Clay ... key grip
Ralph Elliott ... grip
Ray Garcia ... best boy grip
Edison Jackson ... electrician
John Lacy ... electrician (as John Dallas Lacy)
Jon H. Lewis ... gaffer
Daniel Page McDonough ... first assistant camera (as Daniel P. McDonough)
Eric Moynier ... camera operator: "b" camera
Deana Newcomb ... still photographer
Walter L. Olden ... rigging gaffer (as Walter Olden)
Kevin Parker ... grip
Sacha Sarchielli ... first assistant camera
Todd Smiley ... best boy electric (as Todd Eden Smiley)
Stan Stanley ... electrician
Suzanne Tenner ... still photographer
Tiffany Toby ... video assist
Joseph Vasquez ... grip (as Joe Vasquez)
Christopher Wiggins ... second assistant camera (as Christopher K. Wiggins)
Roberto Schaefer ... camera operator (uncredited)

Casting Department

Matthew Barry ... casting associate: Los Angeles
Jo Edna Boldin ... casting consultant: Texas
Leigh French ... voice casting
Beth Sepko ... extras casting
Wendy Slutsky ... casting consultant: Los Angeles

Costume and Wardrobe Department

Lee Hunsaker ... costumer
David W. King ... costume supervisor

Location Management

Karen Dinitz ... location assistant
Kate McCarley ... location manager
Rob McGrath ... assistant location manager
Kevin Halloran ... location manager (uncredited)

Music Department

Gregg Bissonette ... musician: drums (as Greg Bissonette)
David Boruff ... musician: saxophone (as Dave Boruff)
David Cole ... music mixer
Tony Edwards ... musician: drums/percussion, Blaine Community Orchestra
Jean Fuller ... musician: piano, Blaine Community Orchestra
Joe Godfrey ... music arranger: Stephen Foster arrangement
Jerry Goodman ... musician: violin
Matt Gruber ... music recordist
Christopher Guest ... composer: lyrics
Richard Macdowell ... musician: clarinet, Blaine Community Orchestra
Michael McKean ... composer: lyrics
Tim Pierce ... musician: guitar
Johnny Reno ... musician: saxophone, Blaine Community Orchestra
Paul Robertson ... musician: violin, Blaine Community Orchestra
Tracy Rosenkrans ... musician: bass, Blaine Community Orchestra
Harry Shearer ... composer: lyrics
CJ Vanston ... music arranger: overture arrangement (as Jeffery [C.J.] Vanston) / music producer (as Jeffery [C.J.] Vanston) / musician: all other instruments (as Jeffery [C.J.] Vanston) / musician: trumpet/timpani/glockenspiel, Blaine Community Orchestra (as Jeffery [C.J.] Vanston)

Script and Continuity Department

Dianne M. Murphy ... script supervisor

Transportation Department

Ronald D. Chambers ... driver (as Ronald Chambers)
Joe Dye ... driver
Cecil D. Evans ... transportation captain
Joe Llanes ... driver
Jerry McKnight ... transportation coordinator
Doyle Nelson ... driver
Lonnie Nelson ... driver
Ronald L. Paschall ... driver

Additional Crew

Margery Suzanne Anderson ... intern
Andrea Ariel ... choreographer
Mateo Barnstone ... production assistant (as Mateo S. Barnstone)
Dave Bennett ... production accountant (as David Bennett)
Thom Buckley ... intern
Amy Chance ... production coordinator
John P. Crowley ... craft service (as Johnny P. Crowley)
Shanti Delsarte ... assistant coordinator
Melanie Armstrong Fletcher ... intern (as Melanie Armstrong)
Andy Haynes ... intern
Ted Kantrow ... caterer: New Orleans
Kelly Kernan ... production assistant
Warren Long ... caterer: Austin (as Warren David Long)
Mimi N. McGreal ... production secretary
Barb Moore ... intern (as Barbara Boyd Moore)
Robert Murphy ... intern
Bettina Tendler O'Mara ... product promotions coordinator (as Bettina O'Mara)
Buz Presock ... production assistant
Todd Redilla ... intern
Daniel J. Shaw ... key production assistant
M.K. Shaw ... assistant accountant
Hilary Wagner ... post-production accountant
Amy Weiner ... intern
Philip Wood ... travel services: World Travel Partners
David Davoli ... production assistant (uncredited)
Rich Feldman ... production assistant: pre-production, Los Angeles (uncredited)
John Heinsen ... production assistant (uncredited)


Tom Copeland ... we wish to thank: Texas Film Commission
Mardik Martin ... special thanks: for dialogue from Raging Bull
Paul Schrader ... special thanks: for dialogue from Raging Bull
Joyce Sloane ... we wish to thank: Second City Chicago
Elizabeth Summers ... we wish to thank
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

The residents of Blaine, Missouri - the self-proclaimed home of the first UFO landing in the United States (Blaine residents beg to differ with Roswell's claims) and stool capital of the world - are excited about the town's upcoming sesquicentennial celebrations, which will have as its centerpiece the original musical production, "Red, White and Blaine". Assisted by high school music teacher Lloyd Miller, Corky St. Clair, the musical's writer/composer and former New York theater professional (off off off off Broadway) who currently leads the Blaine Community Players, will helm the production. Corky and Lloyd are excited about their 'talented' cast of locals and the production as a whole, Corky and Lloyd who themselves are as untalented and unaware as their cast. Corky and company are especially anticipating the presence of Mort Guffman in the audience on opening night, he a representative of the prestigious New York based Oppenheimer Organization. In Corky's mind, a favorable review from Guffman means that the production is heading to Broadway. Through all the ups and downs and more downs of the pre-production, everyone in Blaine still can't wait for opening night and the arrival of Guffman, upon who the cast and crew's dreams rest. Written by Huggo

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Taglines There's A Good Reason Some Talent Remains Undiscovered See more »
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Also Known As
  • The Christopher Guest Project (United States)
  • Wenn Guffman kommt (Germany)
  • El experto (Spain)
  • Esperant en Guffman (Spain, Catalan title)
  • Guffmanre várva (Hungary)
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  • 84 min
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Budget $4,000,000 (estimated)
Opening Weekend United States $37,990, 02 Feb 1997

Did You Know?

Trivia When playing Blaine Fabin in "Red, White and Blaine," it becomes necessary for Dr. Pearl (Eugene Levy) to remove his glasses. Unfortunately, Dr. Pearl's glasses corrected his lazy eye problem. Actor Fred Willard was unaware of the gag during shooting, and after delivering the line, "What did your keen and perceptive eyes behold?" to Fabin, stared at Levy's lazy eye, finally understood why his line was funny, and "was gone for about ten minutes" with laughter. See more »
Goofs During the last scene in the play, a tuba can clearly be heard playing, but there is no tuba in the orchestra. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Shadow Conspiracy/Waiting for Guffman/Star Wars: Special Edition/Gridlock'd/Prisoner of the Mountains/Walkabout (1997). See more »
Soundtracks Lightnin' Strikes See more »
Crazy Credits During the end credits Christopher Guest's character shows us some of the fun memorabilia that he sells in his store. See more »
Quotes Corky St. Clair: So what I'm understanding here, correct me if I'm wrong, is that you're not giving me any money, so now I'm left, basically, with nothing. I'm left with zero, in which, what can I do with zero? You know, what can I... I can't do anything with it. I need to... this is my life here we're talking about, we're not just talking about, you know, something else, we're talking about my life, you know? And it's forcing me to do something I don't wanna do: to leave. To go out and just leave and go home and say... make a clean cut here and say "no way, Corky. You're not putting up with these people." And I'll tell you why I can't put up with you people, because you're bastard people. That's what you are, you're just bastard people and I'm going home and I'm gonna... I'm gonna bite my pillow is what I'm gonna do!
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